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PhilHealth Will Introduce Benefit Packages For Children With Disabilities

This is good news! I just saw a Facebook post about a news release from PhilHealth about the introduction of benefit packages, specifically for children with disabilities.
Now that's what I'm talking about! Pagbigyan, masyado lang natutuwa 😁. It's about time our government agencies make things like these happen. I know there are a lot going on in our nation. But among  the fiasco that's happening to our Motherland, there are good things happening and there are even more to look forward to.
You see, here in the Philippines, parents who don't have enough financial means to support their kids with disabilities just accept the way things are. And it's really hard for them to see their kids not getting proper management, not being able to live a normal life. 
I know that we are a third-world country and this effort from PhilHealth seem like a baby-step. But at least something is in the pipeline. This is better than just hoping that kids with disabilities get the s…

How To Fix Mixed Content Error in Blogger/Blogspot Blogs On HTTPS

Alright, enough of the drama. As promised, here's the tutorial about fixing  mixed content errors on Blogger/Blogspot blogs using HTTPS. When I recently updated my blog's template, the "Secure" badge that usually appears on the address bar was replaced by "Not secure". Below is how it looks on Google Chrome:


This blog's URL also looked like this on Mozilla Firefox:


The reason for this is that the new template came with some assets (images, scripts) that are uploaded somewhere non-secure or that is not on SSL/HTTPS. To fix it, we'll change the "behavior" of the URLs within the blog's HTML code. Instead of leaving some of the URLs in http, we will make changes to those URLs so that they also load in https, just like the blog itself. To begin, you'll need:
PatiencePatienceand more patience πŸ˜‚ Just kidding! On a serious note (you'll still need patience, of course),  please follow the steps below:
Log in to your Blogger account.Click…

Globe DSL Out, PLDT DSL In!

Yay! After so many years that I've been using the sucky Globe DSL, I'm finally switching over to PLDT. Although, initially, I was bummed about my application for the PLDT Home Fibr 50mbps being rejected. They told me to wait for the call from the installers but received an email a few weeks later, saying that they cannot process my application due to Fibr unavailability in our area.
Well, I couldn't really stand Globe's worsening service anymore, so what choice do I have? After all, we used to be with PLDT. It's just that in 2013, Globe's 3mbps plan (PhP 999) with 7GB data cap per day looked promising so we got it hooked up and ditched our 1mbps plan with PLDT. It worked mighty fine during the first six months. The rest was, as they say, history--it deserves to just stay in the past πŸ˜‚. 
As someone who used to work for  several telecommunications companies, I have a hunch that there's something "going on" on telcos' end (towers and DSLAMs bei…

Vacay, Where Art Thou?

Last night, I rambled about not having any "me-time" for a long time now-fact. I've been feeling tired lately-another fact. I want a vacation-yes, still a fact. I'll go on vacation-fiction πŸ˜‚. Well, apparently, I think I would really need one right now as I'm down with a fever. I'm still working (I'm just at home) though. I'm finally logging off in a few minutes (Yay! Day-off, here I come!). But I guess, it's not the kind of vacation I have in mind. 
How I missed those days, when we could hop on our old jeep on a random weekend morning to spend the entire day basking in the sun and swimming to the waves on the beach (our place is only around a 2-hour drive to Dingalan, Aurora). That's what I've been thinking about (though I'm thinking of Casapsapan Beach in Aurora more, which is farther). It might have to go on the backseat for now. See, I don't have a lot of time to myself, let alone a time to go somewhere so I might have to just…

Fri-yay! (NOT) - Pre-weekend Hullabaloo

Thank goodness! It's Friday (finally).. Err okay, who am I kidding? My work-week isn't over until tomorrow so, goodbye warm, fuzzy, book-night for now. Just thought you'd want to know how awesome this night would be for you (and boring for me #sadlife). Oh, well,  I just have a bunch of unread ebooks and I haven't really been spending more hours off-work. I really miss reading as I have been a work-from-home mom for a few years now.
It's awesome to be able to just hop-off the bed and start working without fussing over what to wear (one of the many perks of having an online job) for the day. But then, working from home means there's no "real" boundary between work and personal/family life. It's really just a "virtual" boundary. Haha. I ain't complaining. It's just that I've been longing for a quiet time for myself for quite a while now. I guess this is where my previous "drama" spawned from, albeit that's how th…

Autism and Bullying -- How Real Can It Get?

As parents, we can't help but worry about our kids getting bullied. We all know that bullying is even more widespread these times and it's even more unimaginable if it happens to our own children, let alone to those who have autism. Bullying could happen to anyone and people with autism are not an exception. In fact, according to some studies, children with autism are more likely to be bullied, compared to typically developing peers. This makes it even more scary than just raising an autistic kid.

Now, why am I bothered? Who won't be? My son has autism and I've seen him get bullied right in front of me. I've come to believe that that could be one of the many reasons behind his not wanting to go to school anymore.

You see, he used to go to school. We enrolled him in a regular school (not a SpEd class, as advised by a specialist). We were told to send him to school, so he'd learn, of course, and to improve his social and communication skills through interaction …

Blog Update: Template Changed, SSL Re-Set

Alright! Everything's back to normal now. I've changed to a new template I got. However, I noticed that, yesterday, when I changed, the green lock icon was not displaying but the blog's still loading on https. This was due to my logo being loaded, but the image was uploaded way before the SSL was applied. Thus, the image was not served over HTTPS. 
To get it fixed, I removed the old copy of the logo, uploaded a new one, and got the image link (which, by the way, is now on https) then uploaded it into the header. I'll be making a separate post on how to resolve the "Mixed Content" error when loading blogs on HTTPS. I'll be off to a party (yes, I have a social life too) in an hour or so so I may not post again today.
Okay, that's it for today! Till my next post, y'all!

Update: Here's the tutorial I promised to post Re: How To Fix "Mixed Content" Error in Blogger/Blogspot Blogs On HTTPS

Blog Update: Changing Templates (Again!)

Okay, it's a Saturday and I'll be off from work for a few hours, until I log back in again. I'll be spending those few hours off updating the blog. Please don't be weirded out if you see anything funny on this page (if you happen to visit today). 
The reason for updating? The images on the home page appear blurry when I have the current one (I tested it on a backup blog.) I looked for another one which would not interfere with how the images look. I found some and I'd be checking them out. I wish I wouldn't really have to but then I also spend time taking or creating those images so yeah,  I'd really have to do it. Will be updating again as soon as I've pushed the final touches.
Next time ulit!

Mind Rewind

This is going to be a "Flashback-Friday" post (I so hate saying itπŸ˜‚) It's the most apt description I can think of today (reading too much of it kind of rubs it off on me, you know).
Anyway, highway, I re-visited my blog's snapshots via WayBack Machine. I still cringe at the old posts I thought I deleted. And I can't help but think that I've grown a lot more than what I used to be as a blogger. At least, for me lol. I must admit, The old posts made me realize how I started so small and dreamed a bit bigger. Yeah, it's sort of what I used to want since college, back when broadband internet was merely a pipedream and the mobile age is still at the hands of Nokia. The earlier posts were still using the default Blogger template, Simple. Each snapshot, as I go towards the later versions, morphed into something much more complex (WordPress).
Just looking at those snapshots gives me fulfillment. It may seem like a small thing. But to  me, it's an achievemen…

Matt's Artwork, Valentine's Day, And The Little Car That Could

Here's another one of the many drawings my son made (He just can't get enough of the Big Ben!) Most often, I see him just doodling but I always get surprised of the outcome. It still amazes me how he can draw and use different styles ie a bit like the real thing, cartoon-y, etc. For a kid like him, it is also surprising that he can do one point perspective drawing; I didn't learn this until we've had this class back in junior high. Okay, enough of that haha! I guess I'm just one mom who's so proud of her son with autism, achieving something that typically developing kids may achieve later in life. He may be "kulit" at times but still, he's my son and I love him to bits.
Now, if by any chance, you stumble upon my blog, I'd like to greet you a Happy Valentine's Day :) I hope you spend this special day with the people (and pets, too!) you love, in any way you want. Spend it as if it's your last. But it doesn't really have to be only …

It Doesn't Work That Way -- Things Not To Say To Parents Of Kids With Autism

Alright, I get it. I know it's hard to not know what to say (or how to react) when I say my son has autism. Not your fault and I know you don't mean any harm. But I guess you could be a little bit more cautious blurting things out, rather than looking dumbfounded after saying something you shouldn't have in the first place. If you haven't got any clue, here are some of the comments we get, as parents of a child with autism, which we'd appreciate more if you don't say them at all :). I added a bit of information, too, so you'd understand why:
"HE'LL GROW OUT OF IT." Autism can be managed. Being born with it means we can manage and teach the kid to "behave" otherwise. But he would still have "spells", because he was born with those. He may learn how to control his stimming (here's a video of how it looks like: Stimming) , shaking his head, looking sideways, and whatever. But outgrow these quirks? No, it doesn't work …

How To Enable HTTPS For Your Blogger/Blogspot Blog

If you'd notice, my blog loads on https (with the green lock icon in the address bar). I have recently implemented that when I re-launched this blog. This is due to Google's announcement in August 2014 that HTTPS will be recognized as a ranking signal. Okay, I said I'd like to help Google so this is another way of helping out: making the internet safer. But, more importantly, what I really want is to make my site more "appealing" to Google Search's "eyes" (better search engine ranking).

What is HTTPS? HTTPS (HTTP over TLS, HTTP over SSL, and HTTP Secure) is a protocol which ensures that any information a site visitor sends to a webpage (ie a form, sign-in, etc) is encrypted/secured, so no one could "eavesdrop" and know what those information are. 
If you have a contact form on your site, or you have a  online storefront, you don't want just about anyone "listening" to and capturing what your site visitors/buyers are sending …